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Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Data value

dec: 80 hex: 50 bin: 1010000


snow_block[upcoming 1.13]

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png No feeling in the world beats waking up on a winter morning and opening the curtains to find out that it snowed overnight. The joy of seeing the world transformed, its colours hidden below a deep, fluffy layer of white, is incomparable to any other experience.
Duncan Geere[1]

Snow[until 1.13](snow block[upcoming 1.13]) is a full-sized block of snow.


When broken with a shovel, snow drops snowballs. If mined with a Silk Touch enchanted shovel, it drops itself.

Hardness 0.2
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1
Wooden 0.2
Stone 0.1
Iron 0.05
Diamond 0.05
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Unlike snow layers, snow blocks will not melt from higher levels of light under normal circumstances, nor get destroyed by water.

Natural generation[edit]

Snow block generates naturally in snowy biomes, igloos, and, at high enough altitude, any "cold" biome.


Ingredients Crafting recipe

Snow Block


Snow Golems[edit]

Snow Golem build configuration

Snow is also used to make snow golems by putting 2 snow blocks on top of another and a pumpkin on the top as the head. Note that the pumpkin has to be placed last for this to work. This can be done sideways and upside-down, as well.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Snow (layer) Snow



v1.0.5 Added snow blocks.
v1.0.5_01 Shovel now required to obtain snowballs.
Snow blocks on top of top snow cover no longer looks unusual.
v1.0.6 Snow blocks now only take 4 snowballs to craft instead of 9.
Destroying snow blocks now yielded 4-6 snowballs, allowing for infinite amounts of snow blocks and snowballs as snow blocks only take 4 snowballs to make.
v1.1.1 Infinite snowball glitch fixed; solid snow blocks now only drop four snowballs.
1.8 ? Snow no longer generates in cold biomes.
Official release
? Snow now generates in cold biomes again.
1.3.1 12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing
1.4.2 12w38a Snow was given a new block breaking sound.
1.5 13w05a Crafting recipe for snow cover added.
1.9 15w43a Snow blocks generate as part of igloos.
1.12 17w15a Can now be placed correctly on upside-down stairs.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.13 17w47a The ID has been changed from snow to snow_block.
Renamed to Snow Block.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added snow blocks.
0.9.0 build 1 Snow blocks generate naturally in ice plains spikes biomes.
0.12.1 build 1 Snow is now renewable, and can be used to create golems.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Snow blocks generate as part of igloos.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta Snow blocks now generate naturally in icebergs.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added snow blocks.


Issues relating to "Snow" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Snow may still fall on top of snow blocks, making them look taller than they actually are.
  • When a snow block is on grass, the grass block changes to a different "snowy" texture as if a snow layer is on it.
    • However, since snow is not transparent to light, the grass will change to dirt shortly after.
  • There is code to make snow blocks melt, but since they are solid blocks they cannot be lit enough for this to occur (barring certain lighting glitches) (see MC-88097 for more information)
  • A texture known as "fluff.png" exists in files from the survival tests onward, that resembles snow. However, this was before snow was added, so this texture went unused.

See also[edit]


  1. "Block of the Week: Snow" –, May 19, 2017

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